ONELA KEAL Onela’s work is inspired by an interest in architecture and man made structures that shape the everyday environments we exist in. Attracted in particular to industrial forms, she explores the idea there is beauty in these scenes that often goes unnoticed. How the light falls and the way these forms are viewed are eagerly considered in the compositions, often producing surprising results which allow us to appreciate them with a new perspective. The lack of human presence and the minimal reference to nature in the images isolate the constructions, inviting the viewer to consider them as objects on their own and question the notion of whether the spaces they create and atmospheres they emanate make them attractive in their own right. Living in Bristol, United Kingdom and travelling extensively throughout Europe and other parts of the world for the last 15 years, Onela established herself as a painter, working in one of the largest independent artist studios outside of London. Jamaica Street Artists (JSA), being a collective of around 40 artists with a large number of professionals in the mix, enabled a solid platform in which to develop. The yearly exhibitions organised by the group provided exposure leading to…
EXHIBITIONS 2018 – Finalist: Muswellbrook Art Prize 2017 – Finalist: Hornsby Art Prize 2015 – JSA Open Studio Exhibition 2014 – JSA Open Studio Exhibition 2013 – JSA Open Studio Exhibition 2012 – Open Exhibition: Royal West of England Academy 2012 – JSA Open Studio Exhibition 2011 – JSA Open Studio Exhibition 2010 – JSA Open Studio Exhibition 2010 – Inside Out Exhibition: Royal West of England Academy 2009 – JSA Open Studio Exhibition 2009 – JSA Auction and Exhibition: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery 2009 – Solo Exhibition: Severn Shed 2008 – JSA Open Studio Exhibition 2007 – JSA Open Studio Exhibition REPRESENTED BY 2016 – Aarwun Gallery, Canberra 2008 to 2014 – Nails Gallery, Bristol
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Muswellbrook Prize 2018 Finalist
Hornsby Art Prize 2017 Finalist
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